Whistler is an incredible place. It’s just as fun and exciting no matter what time of year you visit. Located in British Columbia in Canada, at the foot of the Blackcomb and Whistler mountains, it’s in summer that Whistler and its surroundings really comes alive. Let’s have a look at some of the things you can do on your vacation in Whistler this summer.
Paddle Down the River of Golden Dreams
Visiting the water – both the lakes and rivers of the Whistler area – is no doubt high up on the list of things that bring visitors of all ages to the town, and one that shines is the River of Golden Dreams. The route will take you across Alta Lake and through the wetlands, down a glacial river which mouths into Green Lake. It’s a three-hour trip for the moderately fit, and leaves every two hours. It’s run by Whistler Eco Tours who provide a choice of crafts like canoes and kayaks.
The Peak to Peak Gondola
This is something that you can’t go to Whistler without experiencing. It’s a cable car system that spans between the peaks of the Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain. It’s the Guinness Book of Records holder for the longest and highest mountain lift and offers incredible, breath-taking views all year round. While you’re up on the mountains, you can make use of the hiking trails and maybe viewpoints to drink in your surroundings.
While you’re travelling around on lines, why not enjoy a unique experience with Ziptrek Ecotours on some of their zip lines that take you over the forests around Whistler? There are eight different lines of varying lengths and heights, with the most impressive dropping 20 stories and spanning 2000 feet. You’re usually about 180 feet from the ground on these zip lines so the adrenaline is matched only by the outstanding views. These zip line tours last about 3 hours.
Hiking in Whistler
Summer hiking in Whistler is some of the best, with over 50km of trails around the mountains and forests. There are some guided hikes you can sign up for but the real adventure starts when you go off the grid and just hit the trails at your own pace. Guide maps are available so you’re not going to get lost in a hurry. To access the hiking trails, you’ll use the village gondola from Whistler Village, which is an experience in itself. You’ll need a sightseeing ticket, but they’re not expensive.
The only thing left to consider is where to stay, and https://www.blackcomblodge.com is as good as it gets. Just walking distance from both the town and the village gondola and with a full complement of amenities including an indoor pool and hot tub, along with charming and well fitted rooms and accommodation, it’s a worthy place to hang up your hiking bag at the end of a long day on the trails and relax so you’re refreshed for your next adventure in Whistler.